Monday, June 8, 2009

Bits and Pieces and We're Off!

Yesterday Pat created a Poppy Tag, and since we still have some blooming in our garden and the light was still good, Dick took a couple of photos for me. One kind of poppy I love and can't get to grow is the California one; I think the birds eat the seeds before they can sprout! Heike has a beautiful blue poppy and a free embroidery design on her blog. Friends here have said the only place they know of them in this area is Buchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. Leftover from the Wizard of Oz?

Thanks to a clump from Janie, we have lots of these in our garden, and judging from the abundant seed pods, more to come.
Yellow Poppies

Lately, I've viewed everything through the CED Sound lens. Here's a fellow that has several sounds at his command, a most impressive screech as well as the sound of hammering which proves his woodpecker family status. Check out that beak!
Our big-beaked visitor

Lest you think that all I've been doing is playing in the garden, here are a couple of finished projects. I finally finished a striped Noro scarf which was easy and fun. The directions can be found on Ravelry. Joseph's Coat Scarf

Just the other day Knitting Daily had some free baby patterns, including these duck booties that I just had to make for Sophia. Jill told me once that Sophia likes ducks; hope they fit! Quack, quack!

Back to the garden because this is my absolute favorite time of year with all the flowers in full bloom. They don't make any sounds but cause the viewer to Ohhh and Ahhh. How was this beautiful columbine scrunched up in its bud? Columbines

Who paints the spots on these foxgloves?

Did you ever sing the song "White Coral Bells"? Here they are, only they aren't white!

And speaking of noise, we are hoping this little critter and its friends won't do too much damage while we're gone.

Yep, we are off to Chicago in the morning. David needs help with his landscaping job!
Slow but Sure!


Pat said...

All your knitting 'gifties' are so cute! Love the flowers and have a great time visiting your family :)

Paula Hewitt said...

lovely snaps! have fun in chicago

Anonymous said...

The duckie slippers are SO cute.

Have a good vacation.

Sharon said...

Wonderful post. So many gorgeous flowers. Thanks for visiting me. And yes I too think she is wishing the weeds would take a long vacation. LOL Sharon

Plays with Needles said...

Loved the garden tour! The spots, the poppies...but especially the columbine! And those duck booties are too cute -- you are such a Wiz!

If ever a wonderful Wiz there was
Our Judy S. is one because
Because because because because
Because of the wonderful things she does!

Pat Winter said...

I love the delicate blue poppy. I've never seen one before. I had a melon colored one a few years ago. It was very beautiful but didn't come back.
Thanks for paying poppy tag!

Ele said...

Dear Judy,
how are you? Enjoying your lovely flower pictures, I hope you are fine. You are always very busy in differnt works, everyone looks great.

have a nice time and take care


Cat said...

Your photos are terrific! Love that Poppy! What cute duckies!

I hope you are having a wonderful and safe trip.

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Judy! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous garden pics - a nice reminder of spring since we're in the middle of a very nasty cold snap of winter! Brrrrrrrr!! Love the ducky slippers, too! :0) Bear Hugs! KRIS

Ich bin ein Fünfzigerjahremädel. said...

Judy,the duck slippers ;-))) are great!!!!!And thank you for the wonderful garden impressions!
Best wishes,Ulla

Suze said...

The duckie slippers are the cats meow.........

Thank you for sharing the flower pictures. You have some lovely things growing up all around you.

Charlene said...

Your flowers are so pretty - hope mr rabbit's family leaves them for your return! That little David will surely still be trimming LOL. Great finishes on the scarf and those duck shoes are precious. I have duck shoes, but they're rubber lace up variety - yours are surely more comfy!! Hope your trip is great and your return safe and happy!

Heike said...

What a wonderful poppy in orange.
Greetings from good old Germany

Kathy A. said...

Your flower photos are stunning - photo contest worthy!!!!!

Cat said...

Hi again! You asked how I do the colored parts... 99% of the time I am ironing (W/fuse web) on fabric pieces then just capturing the edges good with stitches. 1% of the time I use fabric paint.

Hang in there with the muggy-ness. It's humid here today too which is very rare - but the sun came out hot between rain storms!


Micki said...

I loved the was beautiful. I will have to try that pattern out. We do have a lot in common. I love stitching, quilting, and knitting too. You have a lovely family, and I enjoyed seeing the pics.
Great getting to know you!

Merry said...

What beautiful flowers and those slippers are too cute.